December 2023

In the upcoming year, RoMa Craft Tobac is set to introduce a refreshed iteration of its CroMagnon line, showcasing a novel blend and updated packaging. While there may be a potential return of the original CroMagnon in the future, the primary focus of the company will be on the enhanced CroMagnon line. This updated line distinguishes itself with a Pennsylvania broadleaf wrapper, deviating from the Connecticut broadleaf used since the line’s inception in 2011.

These modifications extend to both the regular production vitolas and the limited production vitolas of CroMagnon. The 2024 RoMa Craft price list reveals an identical selection of seven regular production vitolas for both the Pennsylvania and Connecticut versions. Limited production cigars for the Pennsylvania blend include familiar names such as Blockhead (6 x 54), Gran Perfecto (5 5/8 x 60), and Mastodon (4 1/2 x 60), along with a new addition: CroMagnon Clovis.

Clovis, akin to the CroMagnon Black Irish but featuring the new blend, adopts the 5 x 56 EMH size with a barber pole wrapper design incorporating Ecuadorian candela tobacco as an accent. The internal blend mirrors that of the updated CroMagnon blend, encompassing a Sumatra hybrid binder and fillers sourced from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. Priced at $13.15 per cigar, the 2024 production of Clovis is limited to 500 boxes of 24 cigars, with an expected shipment date in April.

The name Clovis pays homage to the Clovis culture, an ancient civilization that existed around 11,000 BCE in North America. Initially considered the first humans in the Americas, this belief is now a subject of dispute.

Earlier this year, Skip Martin, RoMa Craft Tobac’s co-founder, mentioned the shift in CroMagnon‘s blend due to challenges in consistently acquiring Connecticut broadleaf wrappers meeting the company’s standards. Consequently, the Connecticut broadleaf-wrapped CroMagnon ceased production in mid-2022 and was removed from the price list in early 2023.

While leaving the possibility of crafting the original CroMagnon blend in the future, potentially relocating production to a facility with better access to Connecticut broadleaf, Martin emphasized the necessity of altering the blend to continue the CroMagnon line.

The revamped blend is scheduled to debut at select accounts in February alongside the release of the new CroMagnon Timeline, a 6 1/4 x 50 toro with a 109-style cap. The full release of the updated CroMagnon blend is slated for around the 2024 PCA Convention & Trade Show in late March.

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